• Indoor Winter Activities in Hoboken + Jersey City

    With this weather, whether it’s rain or snow or just plain cold, it’s easy to let the winter blues take over. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the *top* indoor activities to spice up those dark and cold winter days. Regardless of your preference for rock climbing, cooking classes, or a create-your-own pottery masterpiece, there is something for everyone {even the kids!} to do in Hoboken and Jersey City indoors  — so that we stay sane.

    1. Hudson Table Cooking Classes {Hoboken}

    The Hudson Table, Hoboken’s first cooking studio, has daily cooking classes {and weekend classes} for chefs of all levels {yes, even those who subsist on breakfast for dinner regularly}. Located 1403 Clinton Street, the studio hosts a variety of cooking experiences depending on the level of involvement you wish to have. Hands-on and one-dish workshop classes are more of the traditional cooking class. In contrast, the Chefs’ Table experience allows attendees to watch a Chef prepare a complete gourmet meal and those who want to learn more can interact and assist the Chef during the process. For mamas and papas with little ones, HT offers a kids’ class series, teaching basic cooking skills to baking. Upcoming classes can be found here and all prices are per person unless otherwise noted.

    2. Baking Classes at Choc O’Pain {Hoboken}

    One of our favorite French bakeries has added baking classes to their repertoire. Choc O Pain, located at 157 First Street, offers macaron, bread, and croissant-making classes. Bakers-to-be can sign up here for the three-four hour classes available on both weekdays and weekend afternoons. And for those who may be intimidated to take on the French macaron, the flavor of the cookie comes from the filling so no need to stress about making a perfectly smooth shell.

    3. Rock Climbing at Gravity Vault {Hoboken}

    Tucked away in Hoboken’s Northwest corner, Gravity Vault is Hoboken’s newest alternative workout gym catering to rock climbers of all ages and abilities – although their 25,000-square-foot climbing space is nothing like the rock wall you conquered in gym class. Spend an afternoon becoming belay-certified or grab some girlfriends to join you for an instructor-led private climbing session. Gravity Vault offers three types of climbing experiences: bouldering {free climbing a boulder-like structure}, top roping {your traditional indoor climbing experience}, and sport climbing {climbing while securing yourself to hooks anchored into the wall as your safety mechanism}.

    4. Pottery at Turquoise Cup {Hoboken}

    An afternoon at Turquoise Cup will fulfill all your art class-meets-coffee desires. Located on the first level of the Monroe Center, Turquoise Cup recently reopened after their original space was destroyed by the flooding of Hurricane Sandy. While their cafe is a great place to catch up with friends over a cup of Nobletree coffee, TC’s expansive art studio is the perfect place to brighten a dreary winter afternoon. Clay handling for kids, sculpting for beginners, and pottery wheel date nights are just a few of the class options available — in addition to open studio time. Regular hours are from 6AM to 6PM Monday-Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with extended Friday hours from 6AM to 9PM.

    5. Trampoline Class at Jane Do {Hoboken + JC}

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    From the studio’s gorgeous aesthetics to killer workouts, Jane Do has been a great addition to Hoboken’s west side of town. The Hoboken Jane Do location, like the first two studios in Jersey City and Edgewater, features private training,  group training, and four signature group classes. We highly recommend Tramp Stamp class which is a glorified trampoline class that is low impact and designed to firm and tone all over. While working out may not seem like the most enjoyable way to spice up your winter restlessness, bouncing around on a trampoline while jamming out to a #girlboss-inspired playlist will surely get the endorphins flowing!

    SEE MORE: Unique Fitness Classes in Hoboken + Jersey City You *Must* Try

    6. Language Classes at Learn Language Hoboken

    Learning a foreign language…for many this involves stress-inducing flashbacks to high school where conjugating verbs and differentiating between usted and ustedes is enough to cause a cold sweat. Luckily, Learn Language Hoboken has developed a fun and engaging way to learn a second language. Learn Language Hoboken, located at the Citadel Building {450 Seventh St.}, offers Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, and ESL classes. Classes run for 10 weeks with each class lasting 1.5 hours. Adult classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evenings and private lessons are available if you’re more comfortable in a one-on-one setting.

    7. Puzzle Out Room

    Looking for a fun activity for a group that doesn’t involve eating or drinking? Puzzle Out Room is the spot for you. Puzzle Out is a a live escape game {with two locations in Hoboken and Jersey City} where participants must find clues and solve puzzles to acquire a key that unlocks the door to the room you are locked in. Groups of 4-8 are the ideal number of participants, although The Grand Theft Jersey City game can be played as a competition where groups can split into two teams and compete against each other. Tickets range from $25-$32 depending on the number of people on your team and the room is available by reservations only. Visit Puzzle Out Room’s website for a full schedule and to book your session.

    8. Hudson Play at the Brunswick Center {Jersey City}

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    Located within the Brunswick Center in JC, Hudson Play is a gladiator-adventure-meets-juice-bar space with activities ranging from toddler tumbling to a 6-week robotics course that teaches kids math and engineering skills using Legos. They also offer aerial silks parties, complete with music; you can order food and allow BYO-wine.

    Jonesing for something outside the house? READ MORE: Outdoor Winter Adventures Near Hoboken + Jersey City

    What are some of your favorite indoor winter activities? Let us know in the comments below!


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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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